208. TURNER, Mary Honeyman Ten Eyck (Mrs. Avery Turner). These High Plains. Amarillo , 1941. -94 pp., text illustrations (photographic and full page, including frontispiece portrait of author). 8vo, original blue cloth, paper label with colored landscape mounted on upper cover. Very fine copy. In original glassine wrapper (slightly worn).
First edition, limited edition (150 copies). Adams , Burs I:390. Adams , Guns 2252. Adams , Herd 2346: “Scarce.” Dykes, Kid 311: “Rare.” Winegarten, p. 118. Not in CBC. The author and her husband were major boosters of Amarillo and the Texas Panhandle. She writes interestingly of her memories of forty years in the area, beginning with her initiation to ranching life as a guest of Charles and Molly Goodnight. She tells of Molly rescuing baby buffalo left motherless after the slaughter of vast herds and how Colonel Goodnight conceived the idea of crossing them with his cattle, calling them cattalo. This is an excellent work filled with keen observations, including chapters on “The Open Range,” “The Ranches,” “Old Tascosa,” “The Santa Fé Road,” “Some Cattle Kings,” etc.
The author’s husband (Avery Turner) was instrumental in building the Santa Fe Railroad, surveyed the Maxwell land grant in 1874, created excellent maps of southern Colorado and northern New Mexico while working as a topographer for the U.S. government, and supervised building of various railroads in the region (he was the first man to ride a train into New Mexico over Raton Pass and brought the first passenger train to Santa Fe, in February 1880). ($300-600)
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